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August 30, 2009

AMD unveils new low power server processor

Designed to address the challenges of running dense data centres for web services

By CBR Staff Writer

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has expanded its Opteron line of workstation and server processors with the introduction of new six-core AMD Opteron EE processor, a low power server processor with an ACP of 40W. The company claims that new processor delivers upto 31% higher performance-per-watt over standard Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors.

AMD said that the new server chip is suitable for cloud and web 2.0 customers where density and low power are key considerations. All of AMD’s low power processors are featured with the same AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology and AMD-P features for virtualisation and power savings capability as standard power versions.

According to the company, AMD-V technology is a set of hardware extensions to the x86 system architecture that allows a user to better utilise resources by making servers, workstations, and data centres more effective.

Currently, AMD offers a range of 15 energy-efficient server processors. John Fruehe, director of business development for server/ workstation products at AMD, revealed in the company work blog that the company is planning to introduce the ‘San Marino’ platform, featuring ‘Lisbon’ (C32) processor, with rated power consumption of less than 40W.

Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager of server and workstation division, said: “It’s important for our industry to look at how technology is being used and where customers have emerging needs. The AMD Opteron EE processor enables OEMs to deliver energy-sipping servers that don’t compromise on power management, virtualisation or performance features.

“It is specifically designed to help address the challenges that are generating a great deal of discussion these days – building and running very dense data centres for web services, while doing more with less.”

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